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391  Monster of a Mug! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: October 25, 2011 11:17:56 AM


I was determined to paint a mug for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap for my partner's husband.  I also made one for The Monster Swap Rd. 3 for the gal I angeled for.  After much inspiration searching on the internet, I found some mugs that I love from Starbucks.  They, at one point, sold some awesome monster mugs with the coolest faces.  I had one of those moments of "hey, I can do that!" and went to work!  At Michael's I found a new paint by Martha Stewart that is multi-purpose.  So multi-purpose that it can be used on ceramics and glass!  How cool is that?!  Thanks Martha!  The paint is kinda glossy, and very solid.  Love it!  It also can be dishwashed after letting it sit for a month or so, to cure!

For anyone who is interested:  http://www.michaels.com/Satin-Acrylic-Paint/cp0469,default,pd.html

I found the mugs at Cost Plus World Market for like $5 each (score!) and the paints were 40% off at Michael's when I bought them.  I just need the two colors, black and white.  So all together, for two mugs and the paint was around $13 (less tax)!  Waaaaay cheaper than buying them at Starbucks!


They were really easy to make.  I even painted lines around the handles.  And, not shown, a little heart just above the handle.

Thanks for looking!
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392  Felt Candy Corn Bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: October 25, 2011 10:47:06 AM
For the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap, I made my partner's little girls some felt candy corn bags for trick-or-treating or to fulfill any general Halloween carrying needs.  ^_^



I've seen them elsewhere on the interwebs, but I didn't use anyone's pattern to make these.  I just made it up as I went.  I did however save the pieces, so eventually I might add a pattern to go along with this if anyone is interested.  But here is my bag, and the steps I took to get there.  (some of the steps, of course, don't require pictures, but I'm a picture hound so I'm posting 'em!)  And yes, I know, the colors aren't in the right order.  But, I wouldn't have had enough of the yellow to do both of them if I hadn't done it this way.  ^_^  Yay for improvising!


To start with I just drew the general shape and size of the bag that I wanted onto a cut up paperbag.  I allowed for seem allowance.  I just divided it up for the three colors.  Here is the first section with the paperbag pattern still attached.  Its the bottom part of the bag.  And the yellow section, as well.


Here are all the pieces cut out and laid out ready to be sewed together.


I pinned together the top and middle pieces, and sewed them together. I'm pretty sure I gave them a 1/2 seem.


I did the same with the middle and bottom pieces.  The same was done to the second set.


Here are the the two panels with the colors sewed together.


After that, I ironed the seems down to make it easier to sew the two panels together.  I also folded over an inch of the top edge over and ironed it down so that I could close up the top.

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As you can see, I just aligned my foot with the edge of the fabric and sewed.  That's what they look like with the tops all sewn up!


I then pinned the two panels together, seems out, along the edge. 


Here it is all sewn together!  I snipped off the corners and any extra fabric so that it looks nicer when its turned right-side out.

 
Here it is turned the right side.  What's left is to add a handle.  You can do the handle however you want.  I used more felt.  Before I added a handle though, my husband grabbed it and put it on his head and declared it a hat!  LOL!  So, if you were always wanting a candy corn hat, then you are done!  ^_^




I attached it to the bag, and sewed it on, trying to keep my seems the same.


Then voila!  You have a candy corn bag!



Thanks for looking!
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393  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 24, 2011 08:58:08 PM
I have a host of cards to post!


From imera I received two ATCs, one for my halloween theme and an extra!  The witches are so cute!  She's got amazing drawing skills!  They poppies are so pretty!


From Mountains and Clouds I got one for my "your location" theme, and an extra!  The fish is a Humuhumunukkunukuapa'a (wow, that's a mouth full!)  its a also known as a trigger fish and its Hawaii's state fish!  Its so bright!  I love the sunset one!  Its got stitching along the edge.  Too cool!


From mintdawn, I got three cards, one for my halloween theme and two extras for my wine theme!  She was on a trip to San Diego, and made mine on the road!  She says that the Semper Fi Chardonnay is an actual wine available at the market place at the Sand Diego Marine Recrun Depot.


I love the halloween card!  Mintdawn was in sugar skull heaven in San Diego!  ^_^

Thanks for all the wonderful cards! 
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394  Re: SEPTEMBER 2011 ONGOING ATC SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 24, 2011 08:39:01 PM
I received from Oodelally!  They are her first ATCs and, as you will soon see, they are pretty amazing, especially for firsts!  I'm quite the lucky lady to get her firsts!


She claimed me for my halloween theme and for my mythical creatures theme.  The haunted house is cut out of paper and the background is watercolor!  I can't believe she cut it out, such detail!  Look at all those little windows!  So cool!!  And the yeti is such a cutie!!!

Thank you, Oodelally!  They are awesome!!!
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395  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 23, 2011 08:22:23 AM
A while back I angeled for the Monster Swap Rd. 2 for jmiller614.  After receiving the halloween painted gourds, she wanted some gourds of her own to paint.  So went up to greenbluff and got her some gourds of her own to paint.  In exchange she sent me an awesome package!


Look at all these goodies!  The box was full of awesome!


A pin cushion and ninja in disguise both inspired from my wist.  I don't have a pincushion and have been wanting one for a while, so this was perfect!  I also loooooove my painted gourd!  He is a clown ninja, too cute!  He will fit in perfect with my set of painted gourds that sit on my bookshelf.  They've been wanting a new friend.


A monster tissue holder, mad libs, and a glow-in-the-dark witch finger pen!  I love the tissue holder!  I have super sensitive  eyes and they get easily irritated.  The only cure is tissues and I never seem to have one with me!  These are going right into my purse!  And jmiller didn't know this, but I LOOOOOVE mad libs!  The pen is too fun!  My boss thought it was creepy!  Hehehe!


An amazing Harry Potter bag!  The strap is a Harry Potter neck tie!  How cool!  Accio bag!!!  Accio bag!!!  I must be a muggle, or my wand is broken because it is not coming to me!  ^_^


M is Moaning Murtle!  So freakin' awesome!  I have a Harry Potter ABC theme for my ATCs.  I think I only need 6 more to complete my set.  The little diary also slides out and is soooo cool!  Jmiller makes awesome ATCs!

Not pictured is a bunch of hot chocolate packs.  Mmmmm!  There was tiramisu, chocolate graham cracker, supreme chocolate, orange colored hot chocolate, and raspberry. Mmmm!  They are currently at work.  I've used the graham one, and it was really good!

Thanks again Jmiller614!  <3
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396  Re: 2011 r3 mini 13 days of Halloween Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 23, 2011 08:02:48 AM
Audania1 asked me to post pictures of the shirt I made her husband for her day 1, since she can't seem to find it.  And for some reason the only pictuers I could find as well were phone pictures.  So I apologize for the quality!


Here it is!  Jack Skelleton!  Its done in freezer paper with fabric paint.
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397  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 20, 2011 08:08:21 PM
Calluna noticed that I had a mustache theme on my ATC theme list and messaged me to see if I wanted to do a ATC trade.  If you've ever seen the freakin' amazing mustache ATCs she's made, then you would agree that I had to say yes!  I did!  And not only did I get one ATC, but two!


I love that it has pressed flowers on it!  Such a lovely addition.  I've been secretly coveting this ATC for a long time, and now its mine!  *muwahahahahahaha!*


So lovely!  I love her technique!  I just want to stare it all night.  ^_^

Thanks again, Calluna!  I LOOOOOOOVE them!
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398  Re: Work Your Theme ATC Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 20, 2011 08:00:46 PM
I received a stragler!  I thought this little ATC had gone missing in the mail, but today it showed up in my mailbox!  Crazy!  Anwho, this is from Ragstostitches for my Harry Potter ABC theme!  YAY!


It was rather difficult to photograph because it so shiny!  But its so wonderful!  S is for Slytherin and it is FABULOUS!  So shiny and sparklie!  The background is fabric and there is stitching on the edge.  Too cool!  Thanks Ragstostitches!
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399  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 20, 2011 07:54:56 PM
I received a lovely Halloween ATC from pioneer9!


Isn't it cute!  Such a cutie little vampire!  And extras too!  Thanks pioneer9!
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400  Re: SEPTEMBER 2011 ONGOING ATC SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 20, 2011 07:32:28 AM
I'm posting ATCs that I sent to kwality570 and Oodellaly that they both received a while back.

For kwality570, I claimed her 4 Seasons and Inanimate objects with faces themes.

Both were done with acrylic paint, and the background of the tree is done in watercolors.  And can I gush about my new sizzix big shot for a second.  I bough an ATC die cut cartridge and it makes the rounded edged cards like on the spoon.  I just modge podge the layers together and it looks so nice and works so well.  It also cuts out the corners that I used on the spoon card, too, on the same die.  Woot!

For Oodellaly I claimed for her a Sherlock Holmes themed ATC.

I love it when people have Sherlock Holmes themes, because I have an Illustrated Sherlock Holmes book that I bought for the sole purpose of crafting with.  They have super cool black and white vintagy images inside.  This page is altered with watercolors.
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